New Research: ADHD Costs Australia $20 Billion Each Year

A new Deloitte Access Economics report – The Social and Economic Costs of ADHD in Australia, released at the 3rd annual Australian ADHD Professionals Association conference in Brisbane, Australia, estimates that the social and economic impacts of the neurodevelopmental disorder are around $20 billion per year.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects more than 800,000 Australians.

AADPA President, Professor Mark Bellgrove, said: “Characterised by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and in some cases excessive levels of hyperactivity, ADHD is known to most of us, but also misunderstood on multiple levels.”

“While there is no single known cause, the syndrome arises from an interaction of genetic, social and environmental factors. Although it’s often a lifelong condition, early diagnosis and quality treatment improves individual outcomes significantly.

Despite uncertainty around the causes of ADHD, it is clear that in Australia today, the social and economic cost of the condition is substantial. What we haven’t had, until now, is a report driven by high quality data that quantifies these impacts.”

Deloitte Access Economics Lead Partner, Health Economics and Social Policy, and the report’s principal author, Lynne Pezzullo, said: “At over $20 billion in costs including lower productivity, health and education system costs, and reduced quality of life, the impact of ADHD is significant.

Source: Australian ADHD Professionals Association 

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Popular Coach Lou Brown Doing an Interactive Workshop for Adults in Sydney

Having ADHD might come with some challenges, but they don't have to get in the way of living a full and rewarding life. Gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of how your personal ADHD works is very important.

Popular ADHD Coach, Consultant, Educator, Advocate and author Lou Brown believes that we should forget just surviving with ADHD, that everyone deserves to thrive. 

On Sunday, 10th February, the ADHD Foundation have joined with Lou Brown to run a unique interactive workshop in Sydney called "Perfectly Imperfect Me: Thriving With Adult ADHD".  There will only be one seminar for adults.

Bookings will need to made very soon because places are limited and tickets are well and truly on sale.  

For full details including the Where, When and Cost go through these two links. 



Another Successful Speaker Event: Holiday Survival Tips & Strategies


Saturday 8 December saw people from many backgrounds take away  useful tips and strategies for surviving and enjoying the Christmas holidays. 

If you have ADHD, Christmas and New Year can be exciting ... also overwhelming and frustrating. The holidays hits a large number of ADHD stress points like: remembering dates, organising presents, getting to gatherings on time, keeping up with family news, mixing with in-laws and managing your symptoms.

Popular Australian ADHD expert, Dr Caroline Stevenson, talked about ADHD strengths/weaknesses, how to use the strengths, and importantly, how to make our weaknesses invisible.

Following the talk Caroline kindly gave generously of her time answering additional questions from participants. During the afternoon attendees also made good use of information and the free, evidence-based, ADHD self-help resources on display.

For 22 years ADDults with ADHD has run quarterly ADHD Awareness Afternoons with practical topics led by great speakers that provide a chance to meet and chat with others over tea and coffee. ADDults with ADHD is a volunteer run, not for profit charity, dedicated to supporting ADHD adults, families, carers and the wider community.

There will be a new series of ADHD Awareness Afternoons in the new year starting on 2 March 2019 and ADDults with ADHD invites everyone to attend. 

For more information monitor the EVENTS tab on this site.

All the best over the Holiday Season!

Watching Hannah Gadsby I had a light bulb moment

Rose Callaghan is a Melbourne based stand-up comedian, actor, writer and presenter. In 2016 she toured her debut solo stand-up show “Rose Before Hoes/Attention Deficit…Ooh a Pony!”, selling out at Perth Fringeworld, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe where she won “Best Comedy” award.

 She has appeared as a comedian on Nova, Triple J, ABC and RRR. She hosts a popular comedy podcast about internet dating and sex regularly performs during the Melbourne Comedy Festival. 

Five years ago at the age of 32, she was diagnosed with ADHD. She saw Hannah Gadsby do stand-up in Melbourne, where she spoke about being diagnosed with the condition late in life.

This was a massive “light bulb moment” for me. I had suspected for a decade that I had the disorder. After listening to Hannah she made an appointment, was tested and diagnosed with having ADHD.

"Women slip under the radar because “we don’t exhibit the traits that we’ve come to associate with ADHD." says Rose.

"Hannah Gadsby is the most talked about comedian in the world"

"She’s changing the world with her Netflix special Nanette an incredible discussion of homophobia, male privilege, abuse and mental health. She is also frank about being a woman with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Apps for Adults with ADHD

As pc’s and smart phones become increasingly accessible so is the number of apps (abbreviation for application). Apps can help us with a wide range of lifestyle, education and work-related needs e.g. image editing, budgeting, health tracking and tutoring etc.

There are even apps to assist people with mental health and neuro-developmental disorders such as ADHD. Apps specifically designed to assist adults with ADHD are a useful adjunct to behavioural strategies to address core issues such as organization, focus, memory and planning. It should be noted however that Apps are not a substitute for evidence-based treatment.


The website ADDitude Mag has a comprehensive list of ADHD apps to assist both adults and children with the specific needs.


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